- "...Try our La Bamba fajita tortilla pita. It's got a hot salsa, avocados, cilantro mix, with your choice of beans, chicken, be-be-beef, or pork..."
- —Video waiter at Cafe 80s
Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was an internationally recognized pop star of the late 20th century and early 21st century. He released such hits as "Billie Jean" and "Beat It". As a child, he had been the lead singer, with his brothers, in the band, "The Jackson Five". Jackson created the "moon walk", a dance move, in the early 1980s, and Marty McFly imitated the step before a bewildered group in a saloon in the 1880s.
When Marty returned from 2015 to 1985A, the alternate timeline where Biff Tannen was rich and powerful, he found that his bedroom was occupied by Loretta. Had he not had to flee the house immediately, he would have noticed that Loretta was a Jackson fan, with posters from two of his albums. The alteration of the timeline apparently did not prevent Jackson from recording the albums Off the Wall and Thriller, although the content of those recordings wasn't necessarily the same as it had been in 1985.
- Back to the Future Part II (Simulcra)
Behind the scenes
- Jackson died on June 25, 2009, shortly before he was scheduled to make a comeback with a series of 50 sold-out concerts in Great Britain. Coincidentally, all three celebrities simulated by the video waiters died before 2015; the Ayatollah Khomeini had died in 1989, and Ronald Reagan in 2004.
- In commentary to the DVD of Part II, Bob Gale noted that "Michael Jackson was a big fan of the first Back to the Future, so he was very co-operative and generous in letting us use his... re-create his likeness and use his music in this." He added that "The guy that played Michael Jackson [referring to E. Casanova Evans) was a little strange. He was so obsessed with Michael Jackson that he actually had plastic surgery to make himself look like Michael Jackson." Neil Canton joked, "So I guess by now he's probably had seven nose jobs."
- Coincidentally, actor Donald Fullilove provided the voice for young Michael Jackson in the 1971 television cartoon The Jackson 5ive. Fullilove's voice is heard immediately before the Jackson simulcra, as he portrays Goldie Wilson III in a commercial.